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1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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Record  9–7
AP All-Pros  Louis Lipps (2nd team)
Start date  1984
General manager  Dick Haley
Home field  Three Rivers Stadium
Division place  1st AFC Central
Team ROY  Louis Lipps
Head coach  Chuck Noll
Owner  Art Rooney
Team MVP  John Stallworth
Playoff finish  Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 24–17 Lost AFC Championship (Dolphins) 45–28
Pro Bowlers  LB Robin Cole WR Louis Lipps LB Mike Merriweather WR John Stallworth C Mike Webster
Similar  1972 Pittsburgh Steelers s, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers s, 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers s

The 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 52nd season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.

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Most of the stars from the 1970s had departed, but the Steelers showed signs of their past glory by amassing a 9-7 record to capture the AFC Central Title again. The highlight of the season was an October 14th win over the 49ers in San Francisco. It was the only loss the 49ers suffered all season. Also serving up highlights that season was WR Louis Lipps who won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the playoffs the Steelers stunned the Broncos 24-17 in Denver to earn a trip to the AFC Championship. However, the Steelers season would end with a 45-28 thrashing at the hands of the Dolphins in Miami.

Week 1 (Sunday September 2, 1984): vs. Kansas City Chiefs

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 84°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 56,709
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Bill Wilkerson (play by play), Dave Rowe (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Kansas City – Blackledge 1 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 30
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 37
  • Kansas CIty – Brown 3 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 80 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City – Brown 6 run (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 29 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 47
  • Kansas City – Paige 22 pass from Blackledge (Lowery kick)
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 47
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 37
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 21 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Mark Malone and David Woodley combined for 419 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, while the Chiefs won despite putting up just 264 yards of total offense.

    Week 2 (Thursday September 6, 1984): at New York Jets

    at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 70,564
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Don Meredith (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 6 pass form Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • New York Jets – Walker 14 pass from Ryan (Leahy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • New York Jets – Humphrey 97 kickoff return (Leahy kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 3 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • New York Jets – FG Leahy 52
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 27
  • After coughing up four turnovers to the Chiefs, the Steelers picked off Pat Ryan three times and forced a fumble; they also bullied the Jets into 11 penalties for 115 yards.

    Week 3 (Sunday September 16, 1984): vs. Los Angeles Rams

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 63°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 58,104
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Hill (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Los Angeles Rams – Crutchfield 4 pass from Ferragamo (Lansford kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Cunningham 1 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Washington 12 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 41
  • Los Angeles Rams – Drew Hill 57 pass from Kemp (Lansford kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 11 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • The Steelers limited Eric Dickerson to 49 rushing yards and forced two Rams fumbles.

    Week 4 (Sunday September 23, 1984): at Cleveland Browns

    at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 77,312
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Washington 69 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 18
  • Cleveland – Green 44 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 46
  • Cleveland – Harris 3 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 48
  • Week 5 (Monday October 1, 1984): vs. Cincinnati Bengals

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 50°F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 57,098
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Don Meredith & O.J. Simpson (color commentators)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 31 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Woodruff 42 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Jennings 38 pass from Schonert (Breech kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 32
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 31
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 23 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Schonert 1 run (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 5 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Shell 52 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Week 6 (Sunday October 7, 1984): vs. Miami Dolphins

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: 66°F (Fog & Drizzle)
  • Game attendance: 59,103
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Charlie Jones (play by play), Bob Griese (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Miami – Hardy 3 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Rose 34 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Baumhower 21 fumble return (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – FG von Schamann 37
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Bennett 1 run (von Schamann kick)
  • Week 7 (Sunday October 14, 1984): at San Francisco 49ers

    at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 59,110
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Jay Randolph (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
  • This game was not on a lot NBC stations. Game 5 of the World Series was on at the same time. This would be the last Sunday afternoon World Series game. This was the one game the eventual Super Bowl champion 49ers lost during the 1984 season.

    Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 2 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 48
  • San Francisco – Montana 7 run (Wersching kick)
  • San Francisco – FG Wersching 30
  • San Francisco – Tyler 7 run (Wersching kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 6 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • Week 8 (Sunday October 21, 1984): at Indianapolis Colts

    at Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 60,026
  • Referee: Bob McElwee
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Gary Gerould (play by play), Dave Rowe (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 53
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 62 pass from Woodley (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 25
  • Indianapolis – FG Allegre 41
  • Indianapolis – Moore 8 run (Allegre kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Indianapolis – Butler 54 pass from Pagel (Allegre kick)
  • This game was particularly frustrating to Steeler fans. One week previous, the Steelers beat the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco being the only team to beat the 49ers that year going 15-1 on the way to winning the Super Bowl. Then coming back East to play one of the worst teams of the season, the Indianapolis Colts, who had only 2 wins at that point and 4 total on the year, they lost on a last minute improbable play after leading throughout the game. The Colts third string quarterback, Mike Pagel, came off the bench in the third quarter and was leading a final minute drive from their 20. On the Colts 40 with 34 seconds left, Pagel avoided a near sack, scrambled right and threw down the middle of the field to WR Bernard Henry. The ball however went directly to the hands of Steeler CB Sam Washington who bobbled the ball. Between Washington and a few other Steeler defenders, WR Ray Butler burst through the gap, snatched the ball in the air and ran untouched 54 yards for the touchdown. The extra point sealed the game. "And that's why they play the game."

    Week 9 (Sunday October 28, 1984): vs. Atlanta Falcons

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 72°F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 55,971
  • Referee: Gordon McCarter
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Jim Hill (play by play), John Dockery (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Woodruff 65 fumble return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 20 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Atlanta – FG Luckhurst 40
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 5 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 31 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 7 pass form Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Atlanta – Bailey 9 pass form Moroski (Luckhurst kick)
  • Week 10 (Sunday November 4, 1984): vs. Houston Oilers

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 53°F (Light Rain)
  • Game attendance: 48,892
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Gary Gerould (play by play), Harvey Martin (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 43 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 13 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 17 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 39 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Hinkle 21 fumble return (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – J. WIlliams 5 pass from Luck (Cooper kick)
  • The Steelers limited Warren Moon and Oliver Luck to 224 yards; the Oilers fumbled four times.

    Week 11 (Sunday November 11, 1984): at Cincinnati Bengals

    at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 52,497
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Charlie Jones (play by play), Bob Griese (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 21
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 47
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • Cincinnati – Brooks 24 run (run failed)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 42
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 28
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 36 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – Kinnebrew 3 run (Breech kick)
  • Week 12 (Monday November 19, 1984): at New Orleans Saints

    at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Game time: 9:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 66,005
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers: (ABC) Frank Gifford (play by play), Don Meredith & O.J. Simpson (color commentators)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 27
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 76 punt return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 14 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 32
  • New Orleans – Hardy 28 pass from Todd (Andersen kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 21
  • New Orleans – Miller 21 pass from Todd (Andersen kick)
  • New Orleans – Winston 47 interception return (Andersen kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 25 pass from Campbell (Anderson kick)
  • The Saints won their first Monday Night game in seven tries, and also avenged a 1974 Monday Night loss to the Steelers at Tulane Stadium. It was Pittsburgh's first loss to New Orleans since 1969 in what was the Steelers' final game in the NFL before moving to the AFC as part of the AFL-NFL merger.

    Former Steelers linebacker Dennis Winston played for the Saints in this game. It was also a homecoming for Lipps, who played at nearby East St. John High School.

    Week 13 (Sunday November 25, 1984): vs. San Diego Chargers

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 54°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 55,586
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Len Berman (play by play), Gene Washington (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 55
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 15 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick)
  • San Diego – FG Benirschke 29
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 30 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • San Diego – James 59 punt return (Benirschke kick)
  • San Diego – Chandler 63 pass from Luther (Benirschke kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 5 pass from Malone (Anderon kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 45 pass from Malone (Anderon kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • San Diego – Joiner 25 pass from Luther (Benirschke kick)
  • Week 14 (Sunday December 2, 1984): at Houston Oilers

    at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Game attendance: 39,786
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Phil Stone (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 32
  • Houston – FG Cooper 19
  • Houston – FG Cooper 38
  • Houston – Dressel 5 pass from Moon (Cooper kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 5 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 24
  • Houston – Edwards 5 run (Cooper kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 7 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – FG Cooper 30
  • The Steelers tied the game in the fourth yet fell in overtime, all despite intercepting Warren Moon three times.

    Week 15 (Sunday December 9, 1984): vs. Cleveland Browns

    at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 46°F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 55,825
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 29
  • PIttsburgh – Lipps 61 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 40
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 49
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – Feacher 16 pass from McDonald (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 22
  • Cleveland – McDonald 3 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 34
  • Week 16 (Sunday December 16, 1984): at Los Angeles Raiders

    at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 83,056
  • Referee: Red Cashion
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), John Brodie (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 26
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 37
  • Los Angeles Raiders – Williams 2 pass from Plunkett (Bahr kick)
  • AFC Divisional Playoff (Sunday December 30, 1984): at Denver Broncos

    at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:00 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 74,981
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Denver – Wright 9 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 28
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Denver – FG Karlis 21
  • Denver – Watson 20 pass from Elway (Karlis kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Lipps 10 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 2 run (Anderson kick)
  • The Steelers sacked John Elway four times and picked him off twice.

    AFC Championship Game (Sunday January 6, 1985): at Miami Dolphins

    at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

  • Game time: 12:30 pm EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 76,029
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Dick Enberg (play by play), Merlin Olsen (color commentator)
  • Scoring Drives:

  • Miami – Clayton 40 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Erenberg 7 run (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – FG von Schamann 26
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 65 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Duper 41 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Nathan 2 run (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Duper 36 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Stallworth 19 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Bennett 1 run (von Schamann kick)
  • Miami – Moore 6 pass from Marino (von Schamann kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Capers 29 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Dan Marino threw four touchdowns and over 400 yards, outdueling Mark Malone's 312 yards and three scores; Miami picked off Malone three times.

    Honors and awards

  • UPI AFC Rookie of the Year – Louis Lipps wide receiver
  • AP Offensive Rookie of the Year – Louis Lipps
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year – John Stallworth
  • References

    1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season Wikipedia


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